Category: Trial Tips

Attorney giving closing arguments

Five Considerations for an Effective Closing Argument

Closing Argument is the trial’s denouement. To be successful, it must be satisfying and persuasive to the jury. However, often, too often, it becomes a liability due to poor planning or execution. Your Closing Argument needs to be engaging, goal-oriented, honest, and delivered with passion and verve.

Jury selection in courtroom

Six Considerations for an effective Voir Dire

Voir Dire (Jury Selection) is your opportunity to handpick an audience for your trial story. To assist you, I offer the following six considerations in planning and conducting Voir Dire.

Courtroom examination

Direct Examination: A Conversation, Not An Interrogation

an effective direct examination should be more like friends sitting in a living room, with the sound of crackling logs burning in a warm fireplace, catching up and telling stories.  Direct examination is not an interrogation; it is a conversation.  This article will provide three tips that will turn any direct examination into a friendly conversation that tells a story and will be easier for jurors to follow and understand.

Attorney giving opening statement in the courtroom

Checklist for Opening Statement

The following is a checklist to help you prepare and execute a compelling Opening Statement. In your first few trials, be sure to review the list until the items become familiar and habitual. 

Attorney making their closing arguments

Checklist For Closing Argument

The following is a checklist to help you prepare and deliver a successful Closing Argument. In your first few trials, be sure to review this list until the items become familiar and habitual. 

Attorney addressing jury

Checklist For An Effective Voir Dire

The following is a checklist to help you prepare and conduct an effective Voir Dire (Jury Selection). Voir Dire is your opportunity to hand-select the audience for your trial. If you plan, prepare and perform, you will maximize your client’s chance of success even before the evidence begins.

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